LA Weekend Events Roundup 9.29.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 9.29.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

eastside food festEVENTS
Eastside Food Festival
Oct. 2. Sample bites from LA’s Eastside neighborhoods at Mack Sennett Studios. A short list of vendors includes restaurants like Home State, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Knuckle & Claw, Kettle Black, Little Beast, Momed, Same Same, Sawyer and many more. 1215 Bates Ave., L.A.



OFF THE HOOK Seafood FestivalOFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival
Oct. 1. The second annual festival showcases the city’s best restaurants and chefs and their favorite underwater ingredients, all while raising money for those in need. Attendees will enjoy seafood tastings from restaurants such as Maré, The Lobster, FIG, Herringbone, BOA, Sushi Roku, Spinfish Poke, Yamashiro, Del Frisco’s Grille, as well as drinks, live music, games, Shock Top beer gardens and a sustainable seafood VIP Lounge presented by Santa Monica Seafood. 3-7 p.m. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.



DTLA Oyster FestivalDTLA Oyster Festival
Oct. 1-2. The Oyster Gourmet will gather oyster farmers from around the country for the second annual DTLA Oyster Festival at Grand Central Market. Meet the farmers, taste their half-shells and learn about the distinctive “merroir,” the taste of place that distinguishes oysters grown in different waters. Sucking goes from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. both days. 317 S Broadway, downtown. More Info.



Front Porch CinemaFront Porch Cinema
Sept. 30-Oct. 28. Head to the iconic Santa Monica Pier to watch free Friday night flicks on a giant inflatable screen. Presented by LA’s premier outdoor movie event producers, Eat|See|Hear, Front Porch Cinema kicks off this week with Zootopia. The season continues with Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold’s documentary City of Gold on Oct. 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Oct. 14, Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary on Oct. 21 and a bonus screening on Oct. 28. Come early for the cinema lounge, which beings at 6 p.m. and offers movie-themed cocktails and small bites to complement the films. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. 1550 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica.



Longines MastersLongines Masters
Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping, a premier equestrian event, arrives at the Long Beach Convention Center. 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach.




Queen Mary’s Dark HarborHALLOWEEN
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Long Beach’s ocean liner/hotel draws from its history, crafting modern-day scares out of the vessel’s haunted past. This year, the ship’s protector, the Iron Master, takes center stage with his new maze, Intrepid. Also on board are five more signature mazes, more than 200 monsters and a variety of spirited attractions. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Boo at the L.A. ZooBoo at the L.A. Zoo
Oct. 1-31. All month long, the Los Angeles Zoo offers Halloween fun the kids can get in on at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, with haunted caves, a cornstalk maze, pumpkin carving, creepy crafts and creature encounters, plus trick-or-treating Oct. 29-30. (photo Jamie Pham) 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200.


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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Sept. 29-30; Oct. 2. Walt Disney Concert Hall’s new season revs up this weekend with the LA premiere of Los Angeles Philharmonic creative chair John Adams’ Absolute Jest, a reworking of archetypal Beethoven excerpts. Gustavo Dudamel conducts and pianist Yefim Bronfman crowns the program with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.



Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of DinosaursPterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Through Oct. 2. Soar to the Natural History Museum’s new exhibition to explore flight in the age of dinosaurs. This is the largest exhibition in the United States dedicated to exploring the incredibly diverse winged reptiles, and the first back-boned animals to evolve powered flight. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.DINO.



Guillermo del ToroGuillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Through Nov. 27. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s first museum retrospective. The exhibition explores del Toro’s creative process by bringing together elements from his films, objects from his vast personal collections, drawings from his notebooks, and approximately 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



London CallingLondon Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kosoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj
Through Nov. 13. While most of the art at the Getty Museum is concerned with the rendition of the human figure and landscape up to 1900, their latest exhibition focuses on innovative figure works from a prominent group of London-based artists who worked from the ‘40s through the ’80s, rejecting abstraction and conceptualism. This is the first extensive U.S. exhibition—80 major works—to explore the paintings and drawings of the leaders of the “School of London” movement: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.



Toba KhedooriToba Khedoori  
Through March 19. The first major retrospective of UCLA alumna, Toba Khedoori features 25 works spanning the arc of her autistic oeurve over the last 20 years, from her more recent oil-on-canvas paintings alongside her earlier large-scale works on paper. Her contemporary pieces frequently explore architectural form from distanced perspectives. The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in 15 years. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



Butterfly PavilionATTRACTIONS
Butterfly Pavilion
Through Oct. 16. See more than 25 North American butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit at the Natural History Museum. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases monarchs, queens, malachites and various longwings and swallowtails, which will flutter among flowering plants inside the enclosed habitat. The pavilion is just part of the museum’s nature-oriented attractions, which also include the outdoor nature gardens and indoor nature lab where you have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.



Mr. Holmes BakehouseFOOD + DRINK
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Opens Oct. 1. Be prepared to line up for the cruffin. The confection is the signature treat of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, who will be bringing their sweet and savory bakes (think churro croissants, muffaletta Danishes and jalapeño cheddar claws) to Highland Park. The Art Deco building right off Figueroa will feature the shop’s infamous “I Got Baked” sign, this time ending in “Los Angeles.” 111 S. Ave. 59, L.A.



Tabula Rasa BarTabula Rasa Bar
The new East Hollywood/Thai Town neighborhood bar from Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores features dynamic beer and wine selections, and food that includes Negin’s signature Cuban sandwich. Find a gritty-yet-inviting space that is both minimal and thoughtfully appointed with a mahogany bar, rich burgundy leather booths and an exposed glass encased wine room. 5125 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 213.290.6329.



Maple at Descanso GardensMaple at Descanso Gardens
Opens Oct. 1. Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Restaurant Group debut Maple on the grounds of Descanso Gardens. Discover an elevated, yet rustic restaurant that opens with weekend brunch with seasonal dinner service to follow Nov. 25. Executive chef Mark Salazar offers dishes like fried chicken n’ beignets; huevos rancheros with Guajillo-braised short rib; and their signature Maple burger with a beef patty, aged cheddar cheese, leafy greens, garden vegetables, and a signature maple red wine dressing. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada. More Info.



Bourbon SteakBourbon Steak
Sept. 29. Bourbon Steak at the Americana at Brand is throwing the ultimate cocktail party to cap off Heritage Bourbon Month. The restaurant has partnered with distillers including Breaker, Knob Creek and Bookers giving you a chance to sample different bourbon varietals and speak with master distillers from each brand. Also find live music and passed appetizers including duck spring rolls and blue cheese sliders with truffle aioli; whole roasted pigs and Peking duck; and seasonal sides. $69/pp. 237 S. Brand Ave, Glendale, 818.839.4134.



For The Record: Scorsese–American Crime Requiem
Through Oct. 16. Subtitled American Crime Requiem, this production explores over 40 years of the legendary Martin Scorsese’s storytelling by bringing his films’ soundtracks (including Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) to life. Stop by before the show for Scorsese-inspired cocktails from the newly opened The Bar @ The Wallis, dine on handmade pasta and desserts from the Prince of Venice food truck and enjoy pre- and post-show entertainment and performers. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



Haunted House PartyHaunted House Party, A Roman Comedy
Through Oct. 1. The 11th annual outdoor theatrical production at the Getty Villa is a hilarious adaptation of Plautus’ 2nd-century B.C. Roman comedy, Mostellaria. Even though it was written in 200 B.C., it would be right at home as a contemporary television sitcom: “When big daddy Theopropides is away, his son Philolaches will play. The lovesick youth has borrowed a large sum of money from a swindler to buy the freedom of a slave girl. When Theopropides returns sooner than expected, his slave Tranio is forced into some high-concept scheming to save the day.” The production is co-produced by Troubadour Theater Company.  $36-$48. 8 p.m. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.



A View from the BridgeA View from the Bridge
Through Oct. 16. Fresh off recent Tony wins and sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End, Arthur Miller’s play follows a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant. For a more intimate experience, opt for onstage seating. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me UpThrow Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up
Through Oct. 2. Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Beasts of the Southern Wild, spins yarns about a unique childhood that included a run-in with a lecherous goat and Pentecostals on the radio in this play, having its official world premiere here. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.



RaineyMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
Through Oct. 16. Phylicia Rashad directs August Wilson’s groundbreaking play—inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey—which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry present during a 1927 recording session in Chicago. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Through Oct. 16. Award-winning playwright Robert O’Hara’s comedy about a dysfunctional family barbecue that turns into an intervention for a drug-addicted sister makes its West Coast premiere, with a cast including Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey and Frances Fisher. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.